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Suspect walks in NY transgender death case

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Paris Wilson (l) Photo: JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Paris Wilson (l)
Photo: JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NEW YORK (AP) — The case against a suspect arrested in connection with the fatal beating of a transgender woman in Manhattan has been dismissed.

The Daily News says 20-year-old Paris Wilson left Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday as prosecutors said they were not ready move ahead in the case.

The victim, 21-year-old Islan Nettles, was attacked in Harlem in August. Police say she and a friend, another transgender woman, ran into a group of men who made anti-gay remarks.

Police say one of the men punched her in the face. She lapsed into a coma and later died.

Wilson was arrested on assault charges, but upgraded charges were pending because the victim died. His lawyer says Wilson never laid a hand on the woman.

Prosecutors say the case remains active.

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